MONCTON – There’s a new place to grab a drink or two, or maybe some food too.
Gahan House Restaurant & Brewery, P.E.I.’s well-known brewpub, has opened its Moncton location on the ground floor of FiveFive Queen, a mixed-use apartment building in downtown Moncton. The 200-seat restaurant, which will also have a 120-seat patio for the warm seasons, opened May 5.
The brewpub has hired around 50 people so far and plans to add another 20 to 30 staff members for when the patio opens, Murphy said.
Inside, the restaurant-brewery has a modern vibe, said Ben Murphy, Chief Operating Officer of the brewpub’s owner Murphy Hospitality Group.
“In Moncton, it’s a little bit more modern than other Gahans, especially with the new build as well. But [it’s the] same menu, same beers. Nothing too, too crazy, but definitely a little bit more modern than our original Gahan in Charlottetown which is in a historic brick building,” he said.
The restaurant serves classic pub items like fish and chips, burgers, and tacos, among other dishes. Customers can also buy their favourite Gahan beverages to take home in growlers.
For now, this will be the last Gahan opening in New Brunswick, Murphy said.
“I think we got the three major cities ticked off…so I think we’ll just focus on those ones right now.”
FiveFive Queen, on 55 Queen St., will be a combination of a hotel, condominiums, the Gahan brewpub, apartments and a specialty wine shop by NB Liquor. The first three floors of the building will be dedicated to a 97-room boutique hotel called The Wesley, which was originally supposed to be run by the Murphy Hospitality Group.
But Murphy said plans have changed and FiveFive will operate that hotel instead.
Here’s a look inside the new Gahan location: